ASCF provides more than housing, we provide a place for families to heal together from cancer.
Housing Program FAQs
What type of housing does ASCF offer? Short-term, temporary. All apartments are equipped with their own full-service kitchens as well as washer and dryer units Most stays are between a few days to a few weeks. ASCF’s housing program is not intended for stays exceeding 8 weeks.
Who does ASCF's housing program serve? We serve out-of-town families and/or individuals seeking cancer treatment, follow-up and/or second opinion in the Texas Medical Center on a first-come, first-served basis. Before a family may be considered, a complete application must be received by ASCF. Housing is intended for those cancer families seeking SHORT-TERM, TEMPORARY accommodations in our medical center.
Families are required to comply with all laws set forth by our local, state and federal government. Each family member housed by ASCF must also agree to adhere to ASCF's rules as well as any specified by the owners of our apartment property. Unfortunately, at this time, our program is unable to accommodate families who have neither legal United States citizenship nor permanent legal residency in the United States. We also cannot accommodate individuals who may be traveling unaccompanied who are unable to provide self-care.
Those not willing to comply with applicable laws and rules will be asked to leave and will not be considered for future ASCF services.
What is the Texas Medical Center (TMC)? The Texas Medical Center is the largest medical complex in the world. This medical mecca in the heart of Houston, is home to the largest cancer center and pediatric hospital in the world.
Where are the apartments? ASCF apartments are located in the heart of the Texas Medical Center (TMC) at the Equinox located at 2950 Old Spanish Trail just minutes away from all major hospitals in the TMC.
How many bedrooms are available? In order to accommodate as many families as possible, ASCF offers one bedroom units however most are equipped with a sofa that can be converted into a queen-sized bed. Some units may also have inflatable air mattresses and/or roll-away beds that may be used to accommodate additional family members. Please let us know in advance of your stay if you will be needing such items.
What forms do we need to complete to be considered for the program? The online Short-term Housing Application must be completed before consideration and it can be found on the website’s Housing Forms page.
Who needs to complete and sign the forms? Any family member, friend or guest planning to stay in ASCF housing will need to sign the appropriate forms as well as acknowledge and adhere to all laws and/or rules set forth by ASCF.
What is the cost? All housing is provided free-of-charge thanks to the generosity of ASCF donors however damage to units or property may result in fines and/or future inability to participate in program services.
For those wishing to do so, donations made by check may be mailed to 2726 Bissonnet Street, Suite 240-314, Houston, Texas 77005 or made online here.
How do we apply? Complete the ASCF's Short-term Housing Application on the website's Housing Forms page.
How far in advance may we apply for housing? Because treatment is unpredictable, ASCF makes every attempt to be as flexible as possible with the families currently residing in our units. As a result, we are NOT able to confirm accommodations any sooner than one week prior to a family’s anticipated arrival date. Applications may be submitted in advance of this time and dates may be “penciled into the calendar.” Families are encouraged in such instances to check back with ASCF one week prior to arrival date for a status update.
What do we need to bring? All units are provided with towels, kitchenware, cooking utensils and other house wares. Families should plan to provide their own food, beverage, toiletries, cleaning products and other disposable items. All units are equipped with a full-sized washer and dryer and dishwasher. For a complete list of items included in each unit, please review the Move-in Checklist from the list of links provided under "How do we apply?" section.
Where do we put our trash we accumulate in the apartment? We want to be sure to keep the community clean and sanitary, so any accumulated trash from inside your apartment must be appropriately bagged and placed inside the trash chute or in the dumpster by the loading zone. It is not acceptable to place the trash in the hallways, in the stairwells or in any location not designated as a trash chute or dumpster.
What is available in terms of parking and shuttle service to medical center area hospitals? Covered parking is available on the property at no charge in those areas specified by the property. Shuttle service is also available to and from the medical center. A shuttle service schedule should be requested from the property’s leasing office upon arrival.
Where do we pick up the keys to the unit? Once approved, keys to units may be retrieved during normal business hours at the property's leasing office. Please note that holiday hours may vary. Unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate arrivals outside of normal business hours. As such, please make travel arrangements that will allow plenty of time to pick up keys from the property during their regular business hours.
Are there background checks for ASCF residents? ASCF will conduct a legal background check on any patient/s or guardian/s (18 years or older) applying for temporary housing and/or guests planning to stay in ASCF facilities. Non adherence to local, state and federal laws in the past may disqualify individuals from receiving services offered by ASCF. Background checks should be completed at least 4 full business days but no sooner than one week prior to anticipated date of arrival.